Wednesday, November 28, 2012

And Now, a Word From Mike Nesmith.

That Could Have Been Your Face, Motherf&@#er!

I'll be playing in a concert next month honoring Mike Nesmith's 70th birthday. The event will feature a pleasing and tasteful assortment of favorite Valley musicians playing songs from his years with the Monkees and afterwards.

The show is Sunday, December 30th at The Elevens in Northampton (his actual birthday, in and further details to follow).

Monday, November 26, 2012

New Look.

I've been using this image as a background on Twitter for a while, and wondered if its lower contrast would make the blogsite a little bit more readable, as opposed to the original photograph. I think it does. To celebrate, I've also adopted it for my Twitter and Facebook profile headers.

In music news, the Rick Murnane Band (the trio version with Nick and Fred) got together yesterday for the first rehearsal session in advance of our First Night concert. We dragged out a couple of old favorites and worked on some new arrangements for them, in addition to going over some new material. It was a lot of fun.

And yes, I've decided to just call this thing the Rick Murnane Band from now on when playing out as the trio (or quartet or what have you). On the posters, we'll just list whichever band members are playing that particular gig. We've got all sorts of interesting shows in the works for 2013, both at home and away. In the meantime, see you 'round town.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Travelin' Man.

Considering how much I have been away from here lately, you're probably wondering if I've been keeping company with Waldo and Carmen San Diego. And while I've been thither and yon did I not have access to the internet? Couldn't I post something to let you know all is well?

Okay, so I've been away. And while I have posted a few updates, they have mostly been on Twitter or Facebook, and not in here. This place is supposed to be reserved for actual news, stuff about gigs and recording, guitars and amps, and occasional banter about shows friends of mine are playing and so on.

By the way, there are links to Twitter and Facebook over there in the right-hand sidebar. Follow me or friend me or both if you like. Then you'd see all those daily snippets about my fascinating life that you miss just by looking in here. But you did come here, and are probably looking for some news, so here you go:

The Readers' Retreat was a great getaway, and there are plans to return there for a few long weekends each year. Come to think of it, we didn't have internet at that place. It was glorious. In addition to that pleasant diversion, a couple of design gigs took me away for awhile, first to Manhattan for three days, and then up to Quebec for another two. There was internet, but I only had time for a couple quick check-ins on Twitter and Facebook; there wasn't an opportunity for any long-winded verbosity such as this thing you're reading at the moment.

But now I shall take a break from all this traveling. As of five o'clock this afternoon, I'll be on vacation. I'm taking Thanksgiving Week off, at least in terms of my design work, but I'm pretty sure there will be a good deal of music-related stuff going on. And hopefully there will be time enough to write about it.

Friday, November 2, 2012

The Readers' Retreat.

Apologies for not posting for a while, but it has been a rather distracting week here in the Northeast, to put it mildly. I'm thankful that I can stop worrying about my friends in New York City and all the other places where Sandy had much more of an impact than she did here in Western Mass. My thoughts are still with you all.

In more cheerful news, Chris's concert went off nicely last Saturday once a few technical logging-on, going-live issues were resolved. He played for a full half hour, and I joined him for a twenty minute encore session. We played four songs: Fire in the Canyon, Radiation Vibe, Red Dragon Tattoo, and Someone's Gonna Break Your Heart. Event host Brad and I couldn't resist chiming in off-camera with a few backing vocals during Chris's solo set, and Brad also added some great egg-shaker percussion during a couple of the encore tunes. It was a fine night all around.

Online subscribers to the show could write into the live feed and comment or make requests. Our duets got quite a few thumbs up, and that felt good. I have quite a few more followers on Twitter now, and that's good too. If any of you guys followed the link in my profile over here and are reading this, thank you.


Later today, my wife Sarah and I are leaving our house and cats in her brother John's care, and heading up to a rented cabin close to the Vermont border for a couple of nights. We're packing lots of good food and a pile of brand new books. I'm calling this little getaway our Readers' Retreat, so naturally that made me think of this great song by Lloyd Cole. I'm not planning to do any writing, but I might bring my mandolin and the iPad, just in case.

Sometimes it's good to head off into new places and recharge the batteries. We're coming up on election day, and that has been on our minds a lot for quite a few months.  Sarah and I have been supporting President Obama and Elizabeth Warren, as well as the DCCC, Act Blue, and the Orange-to-Blue effort at Daily Kos with whatever small donations we could. Sarah will also be actively involved in GOTV (getting out the vote) on Monday and Tuesday. I am very proud of her.

Okay, I guess you know where we stand. And this coming Tuesday (or sooner, if your state allows early voting), I hope you will be standing in the voting line.  Because whether or not you're spending this weekend at your own version of a readers' retreat, or doing whatever it is you do to escape from the world for a few hours, we all know we have to come back home eventually.